I really appreciated how succinct White was in his description of the visitor/resident theory (would that all be so). His explanation about the sliding scale was very helpful to me in understanding that rather than being either/or, a person could be either/or, a little of both, or none at all depending on within what aspect of their own life they were operating.
I also appreciated the statement in the blog that both are stances are correct. There seems to be a trend in over-generalizing in this industry, perhaps because so many the terms and words vary in meaning depending on the person using them. Or perhaps because there is still so much to be defined that it is easier to theorize in sweeping terms. Prensky demonstrated this by claiming that digital immigrants should just give up their resistance (because all digital immigrants are resisting) and convert to the ways of the digital natives (because all ditigal natives HATE the “old” ways). His claim that digital immigrants who feel that the digital native ways are ineffective are “just dumb (and lazy)…” …Well, I’ll just write that one off to not enough coffee the morning he wrote this.
Seems more likely that a bad teacher is so no matter the medium and students want to be engaged in the learning process no matter the method.
I think the idea of moving into the post-digital realm in which the academic conversation is morphing into a socio-cultural one is interesting and worth thinking about possible implications in terms of education.
Here is my question: What pedagogical approaches are appropriate given a mixed class of residents and visitors? It seems like an approach that leans heavily one way or the other would make uncomfortable or alienate those in the class who are on the other end of the spectrum. Curious about other’s thoughts?